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Trapped | by phlewght
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What a capture this is!!! Let me tell you about it.


It was a foggy morning. I needed Sudafed before going to the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday morning, and we were out of it at home. Target's pharmacy does not open till 09:00, so I went to the 24hr CVS pharmacy before 06:30.


The man silhouetted in the spider web is indeed trapped -- trapped in either drug addiction, mental illness, or both. And he's probably homeless. He asked me for money when he saw me with my big camera taking photos in the fog. I never hand out money, and he abruptly walked quickly away, muttering to himself, before I could offer to buy him some food.


I was going to my car when I spotted this web. I had taken 3 stills with the neon lights behind the web when the man walked into my frame. I thought "Oh, cool!" and shot. (He had evidently just asked for money from another CVS customer in the lot; I hadn't noticed him come back.) He kept walking down to the corner of Snelling and University after the shot, past the main door into CVS.


OMG, what a shot! No planning, just coincidence! It could have been a bit more steady, but I reflexively snapped the shutter when I saw the silhouette. Considering the 52mm and 1/30 shutter speed, this is damned good for hand-held!! I didn't know it was the man in question till I looked up.


This was taken facing E from the CVS pharmacy parking lot, NW corner of Snelling and University, in the Midway area of Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. Snelling Ave. and the neon signs in the windows of Snelling Avenue Fine Wines (& Liquors) provide the background.


The spider web was spun between the sign for the pharmacy drive-thru and another parking lot sign (?).

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Taken on August 23, 2007